The Haitian Americans

The Haitian Americans

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Haitians have had a presence in this country since its founding, but the largest group of immigrants came to the United States in the 1990s, fleeing political unrest and economic misery. Haiti and its and so-called boat people have been in the headlines for decades, and this reference firmly puts reasons for legal and illegal immigration into historical perspective. Students and other readers will learn about Haiti's history, economy, and culture, which continue to resonate with immigrants. The narrative also focuses on contemporary settlement patterns, major Haitian American communities, immigrants' interactions with other groups, and the impact Haitian Americans have made, and more.
This is the most thorough, up-to-date reference on Haitian American immigration.

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Part of a series of volumes introducing high school and general readers to the newer immigrant groups in the United States, this text considers the characteristics of the Haitian Diaspora in the United States. Zéphir (Romance languages and African Diaspora studies, U. of Missouri in Columbia) first includes an examination of the history of Haiti before providing demographic information on Haitian immigration and settlement patterns; economic and political life, interactions with other ethnicities, and impact on American life. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780313322969
Characteristics: xiii, 180 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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